Under New Coach, Linsanity Might Be Over
Knicks' new leader favors defense over offense, says NYT writer
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2012 6:14 AM CDT
New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, right, talks to interim head coach Mike Woodson, during the first half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – With the New York Knicks changing from being coached by the offense-minded, freewheeling Mike D'Antoni to the defense-first, old-school Mike Woodson, there's one undeniable conclusion—"it's the end of Linsanity as we know it," writes Howard Beck in the New York Times. Woodson is certain to focus on Knicks superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudamire, and feature a lot of halfcourt set plays. And Jeremy Lin? “Woody’s inclination would not be to play him,” says an insider.

Lin was the biggest sensation in the NBA this season, coming from seemingly out of nowhere to turn around a terrible Knicks season. But since a hot start, Lin's numbers have faded, and the Knicks have lost eight of 11 and are in a tough fight for a playoff spot. Now Woodson's priority is on re-integrating star Anthony into the Knicks' offense, after he missed several weeks with an injury. As for Lin, the coach talked of him being "in a learning stage," and suggested he'll be learning from the bench.

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macster
Mar 16, 2012 10:12 AM CDT
Although as much of an impact Linsanity had, there is no denial the impact was both ways. For the good and for the bad. I think now Lin's goal should be to prove once again that while he's learning from the bench, he deserves to be on the court. He must (MUST) work on becoming stronger and giving up less turnovers. He should watch todays other point guards in the league (Younger ones for their explosiveness: Rose, Westbrook, and Rondo. And Veterans for their smartness and critical thinking: Kidd, Nash, and Parker). I truly believe that he will come back big, but only after he works on his weak areas which will help him strengthen his strong areas.
pg13
Mar 16, 2012 8:06 AM CDT
Yep. Once the owners (Madison Square Garden) got the new cable TV agreement, Linsanity was expendible.
Antagonist
Mar 16, 2012 7:40 AM CDT
Who gives a Fuck! Just because a player is not the typical white or black, why do they become a sensation??? Let's see some Eskimo or East Indian get out there? Let's see if they cheer them. Maybe even an albino. Maybe a Hermaphrodite???? What a waste of time for this long grain rice. Lets see what the media bandwagon jumps on next!!!!